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Driving an elderly person to the doctor, sitting with a terminally ill patient so their care giver can take a much-needed break, gleaning and distributing surplus food and firewood to needy households, reading to elementary school children: These are all ways local people work as volunteers to solve local problems and make Corvallis Oregon, my home, a better place to live. What they do, what they learn from the experience, and the satisfaction they gain from helping other people are the warp and weft of the community I live in. The goal of “Local Folks” is to tell their story. I hope you will find what they have to say as inspiring and informative as I do, and maybe help you as you work to solve local issues and problems in your community.
Mickey served in the army in World War II, experienced combat in Belgium and
was seriously wounded. Those events took place over 70 years ago, but his
memories of them are as clear and immediate as if they had just happened
yesterday. In this episode, he recounts how he was...
They are in all of our communities and we see them all the time, elderly
local folks. Most of them do not look particularly remarkable as they go
about their daily activities, but all of them have lived remarkable, eventful
lives and have gained considerable wisdom as a res...
Pura Vida! You hear this phrase a lot in Costa Rica, but what does it mean? A
literal translation is pure life, but the actual meaning of the phrase is a
good deal more subtle and complex. Costa Ricans are some of the happiest
people I have ever met, and even though they ma...
I think what makes the combination of the hard work, enthusiasm, and
community spirit of gleaners with the support and assistance from Linn Benton
Food Share is just this: it is a true partnership between equals. Gleaners
are powerful, independent people who are proud of wh...
Enthusiasm, grit, determination, intelligence and creativity are all
qualities gleaners bring to their work gathering food and firewood to help
low income people feed their families and heat their homes. But in the face
of all the requirements and issues gleaners have to de...
What does it take to be a coordinator of a gleaning organization? From what I
have seen over the last year, I would say quite a lot. From coordinating
field gleans and store pick-ups, to serving as the point person for the
organization, to dealing with sensitive and sometim...
Every day there are local folks – invisible to most of us – in my
community who are working very hard to help low income people eat and heat
their homes. In this episode we join them on a ride along as they pick-up
post-dated commodities from a local supermarket, repack don...
Why do people join gleaning groups? The answers to this question are as
varied as the life stories of members, but often the initial reason has to do
with a sudden reduction in household income due to an accident or unforeseen
health issue that makes it hard to afford basic...
Distributing food and other commodities to members is the raison d'etre of
gleaning, and the culmination of a lot of hard work. Members pick up their
share of what has been gathered – or have it delivered by volunteers - once
a week. In this episode we spend time with glea...
Welcome to Season Two of Local Folks Podcast focused on the gleaners of Linn
and Benton Counties – local folks who volunteer their time to help
themselves and fellow community members feed their families and heat their
homes. Week in and week out, gleaners gather and distri...